Leipzig History

06Aug 2017

With much sadness we heard that Dr. Hinrich Lehmann-Grube, first Mayor of Leipzig after the fall of the Wall, died on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  He was 84 years old.  Dr. Lehmann-Grube was Mayor when the sister city relationship between Houston and Leipzig was established, and he was instrumental and supportive in bringing the cities […]

19Jun 2017

Leipzig.  Franziska von Sohl. Two new records: international visitors and ticket sales This year’s Leipzig Bach Festival drew to a close on June 18 with a performance of the Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach in St. Thomas’ Church, Leipzig (Germany). Nearly 71,000 visitors attended the 120-plus events that made up the ten-day […]

12Aug 2015

Twenty-six years ago at this time, a great number of people were clueless. The secret services of all the western allies, the Staatspolizei of the DDR and the KGB (including Mr. Putin, who was stationed in Dresden as an agent), the pundits and politicians, and the many families suffering from a division of Germany – […]

14Sep 2014

The movie last month about the building and eventual fall of the Wall left us excited, overwhelmed, and thankful. But what came afterwards? Join us for the movie After the Wall: A World United by Executive Producer and Houstonian John Hesse on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 2353 Rice […]

16Aug 2014
The Wall - A World Divided

Do you remember the “night the world changed forever”? That’s what they say about November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, and brought together one-time enemies to change the course of modern history. But what happened on August 13, 1961, a date that caused decades of suffering and untold tragedy to […]

15May 2014

It is now time to make concrete plans to be in Leipzig on October 9, 2014, to participate in the 25th anniversary celebrations of the peaceful end of the confrontation between 70,000 demonstrators carrying nothing but candles, and the secret police in full military combat gear. October 9, 1989, was the decisive Monday. Surgeons had […]

23Oct 2011

Maeshelle first reported in the post Joan’s Fate/Who Dies for Love Nowadays? Heike Hennig about the Johannapark in Leipzig, its origin, and a new musical drama by Heike Hennig about the tragic Johanna, who was forced into a loveless marriage, and who died at age 21.  Maeshelle now recounts a splendid evening and surprising information […]

13Aug 2011

Sunday, 13th August 1961, shortly after midnight. East German police disrupt the city train and underground connections. Street surfaces are ripped up, barbed wire barriers erected. The Soviet sector border in Berlin is sealed off from the western districts.

08Aug 2011

Houston PBS – Channel 8 will show the second part of the two-hour documentary on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. After the initial days of celebration following the opening of the Wall, the fate of the two Germanys hung in the balance. Would a new chapter of instability doom Gorbachev’s era of reform […]